The Setup: Denison will host Hiram College this Saturday, October 25 at 8 p.m. at Piper Stadium. The game had originally been scheduled for a 7 p.m. kickoff but was pushed back to accommodate other varsity athletic contests throughout the day at the facility. Denison enters the game with a 4-3 record and is 3-3 in the North Coast Athletic Conference after a 31-20 win at Ohio Wesleyan last weekend. Hiram is 2-5 and coming off a 58-25 loss to Wooster.
How to Watch: Saturday's game will be played under the lights at Deeds Field-Piper Stadium on the campus of Denison University (200 Livingston Drive, Granville, OH 43023). Gates open 90 minutes prior to kickoff. In celebration of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, admission to Saturday's game will be waived. Volunteers will be stationed at the front gates collecting donations for Susan G. Komen For the Cure with 100% of the proceeds helping those battling breast cancer. If you can't make it to Granville, the Denison Sports Network will offer a live video broadcast beginning at 7:45 p.m. with Will Hibbard (play-by-play) and Benson Anderson (color) bringing you all of the action.
Download the App: Did you know that the Denison Sports Network has a free custom app available for Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Android TV? Just visit the app store on your streaming device and search "Denison" to download. Read the official press release for more information.
The Matchup: This is the 18th meeting all-time between Denison and Hiram. The Big Red leads the series with a 16-1 record against the Terriers. Last year, DU defeated Hiram 33-19 at Henry Field.
Ground and Pound: The Big Red rushing attack was instrumental in last week's win over Ohio Wesleyan. Junior running back Alex Minton gained 145 of his career-high 152 rushing yards in the second half helping DU overcome a 20-7 third quarter deficit. The philosophy could serve Denison well this week as Hiram allows 201.0 rushing yards per game, ranking them 189th in Division III. Hiram currently ranks 233rd out of 243 Division III teams in total defense. They are allowing 494.1 yards per game.
Randy and Danny Show: Hiram quarterback Randy Tucker and running back Danny Robinson has been the straws that stir the drink for the Terrier offense in 2017. While Hiram has had their problems on the defensive side of the ball, their offense is one of the best in Division III. They average 36.6 points per game and Tucker has passed for 1,245 yards and 16 touchdowns while throwing only three interceptions. Robinson ranks second in the NCAC in rushing with 118 carries for 824 yards and six touchdowns.
Moving up the Charts: Denison quarterback Canaan Gebele moved into fifth place in career passing yards last Saturday. He passed Larry Cappetto '05 who ended his career with 4,949 yards passing. Gebele enters the Hiram game with 4,966 passing yards. He needs 36 yards to pass Brandon Sklenar '15 to move into fourth place. Keith Schmid '99 currently occupies third place with 5,264 yards passing. Gebele needs 299 passing yards to leapfrog him. Denison's career passing leader is Max Paulus '12 with 6,545 yards.